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Luzerne County overdoses spanned generations in 2017

Richard Sorokas said his 76-year-old brother, Paul, was among the 154 who died from accidental drug overdoses in Luzerne County last year. “He didn’t know which way to turn,” said Sorokas, 73, a Wilkes-Barre resident who is married to former county councilwoman Eileen Sorokas. Sorokas said he’s open about his brother’s battle with prescription medication […]

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Boback announces intent to run for re-election

HARVEYS LAKE — State Rep. Karen Boback has announced her bid to run for re-election. “I am humbled by the overwhelming support I have received and continue to receive in my bid for re-election. It is an honor to have garnered the trust of so many of my constituents,” Boback said while making her announcement. […]

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Luzerne County promotes voter registration in high schools

Luzerne County’s election bureau is distributing voter registration applications and informational fliers to all county high schools as part of a new initiative, county Manager C. David Pedri announced Thursday. Pedri commended county Election Director Marisa Crispell and her staff for the outreach, which will include school presentations by election staff upon request. “In light […]

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Luzerne County authority officials say they still need veteran engineer as consultant

Prior Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority executive director Jim Brozena is still working as an authority consultant, but officials said his services are needed and largely reimbursed by outside government funding. The issue came up this week because the authority, which oversees the Wyoming Valley Levee, voted to extend its contract with Brozena Consulting Services […]

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Scaffolding removal reveals dramatic Luzerne County Courthouse restoration

Scaffolding that has stood inside the Luzerne County Courthouse rotunda since August is coming down, providing the first public glimpses of a $2.13 million restoration project. “It is unbelievably beautiful,” said county Court Administrator Michael Shucosky, who observed a steady stream of workers and visitors pausing on the upper floors Thursday to see the change. […]

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Back Mountain Scouts earn Supernova Award

Scouts from Troop 241 (Lehman) and Troop 444 (Sweet Valley) recently earned the Boy Scout’s highest STEM/Nova award, the Thomas Edison Supernova Award. The BSA’s Supernova awards program challenges Scouts to explore and learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). These Scouts studied STEM through a variety of different requirements. First, they earned the […]

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Misericordia University Autism Center names new program coordinator

DALLAS TWP. — The Misericordia University Autism Center has named Katy J. Kranson the program coordinator for the Autism Lifelong Learning Program in the College of Health Sciences and Education. Kranson supports the director of the program in areas of training and supervision of job coaches, maintaining compliance of state and federal mandates and regulations. […]

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Meadows Center in Dallas plans ‘Eggstravaganza’

The Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will hold a “Spring EGGstravanza” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 24. This free, family event will feature kid’s crafts, an auxiliary-sponsored bake sale, vendors selling a variety of crafts and gifts, and the Easter Bunny. For more information, call 570-675-8600 ext. 115 or 195. From […]

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Family Hearing Center in Dallas holds community outreach program

Family Hearing Center in Dallas launched a new community outreach program called “Warm Ears, Warm Hearts,” crafting and collecting items to help keep children warm this winter. Over 250 items were donated, all of which will benefit children in the Head Start preschool programs in Edwardsville and Dallas. Family Hearing Center extends thanks to everyone […]

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Building Blocks Learning Center in Dallas Twp. promotes ‘Caring and Sharing’

DALLAS TWP. — Hearts took on new meaning at Building Blocks Learning Center’s Caring and Sharing event on Feb. 14. Nearly 17 pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students at the center in the Twin Stacks Center combined a STEM curriculum with a Valentine’s Day event. “Students sorted conversation hearts according to color and grouped them into patterns,” […]

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